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Life’s too short not to quote Austin Powers!

Good day everyone! I thought it was about time to do my Newbie introduction, ironic considering I have now moved on to Tire-Kicker status. With all the heavy discussions lately and tragic news among the people in the VMF community this may seen as completely off topic, but a formal introduction is something I have observed to be welcome, appropriate and well received among the regulars here.

My name is Tom, and my wife, dog and I live and work in central New Jersey. I’d been putting off this intro until my website was updated. Please go here: www.mendhams.com/cars The site contains the full version of my car’s story. There are a lot of pictures on the site so be forewarned.

I learned about this forum, as I am guessing many other new members did, from a letter in Mustang Times magazine. I lurked about for a while before I joined the forum and began posting as best I could. Hope I didn’t screw up to badly. Thanks to everyone for their posts and responses. I have learned more than I imagined from this forum, and at some point, I hope to be able to help and contribute as well.

My Mustang is very special to me as it was my Grandmother’s car. It has just been professionally restored and modified. I had been hesitant in my early posts to bring this up considering the vast majority of members here are DIY’ers, but since I haven’t gotten flamed or chased out yet, I’m guessing that’s not a major issue. On that topic, I have also learned a number of you are professional restorers as well, so it seems the vast spectrum of Mustang enthusiasts is well represented in the VMF population. I have seen several discussions where owners of restored cars were (rightly) flamed for having more money than sense and have no understanding of their car, its heritage or the effort put into the restoration. If you review my website you will see that I hopefully do not deserve that kind of scorn.

I have been on other forums and I have been (and in some cases still am) a member of other car clubs and organizations, and this forum is by far filled with some of the best people I have come across in this hobby. I am looking forward to many more discussions with the VMF community, and I hope to maybe meet some of you in the future. Hopefully I’ll be able to drive with some of you as well, because isn’t that what we REALLY like to do with cars anyway? Thanks for reading this.

Have a great day,

Tom Mendham
 

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Take your high dollar restomod and get out of here!!!!

Just kidding, LOL!!!!

Looks nice dude!
 

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Welcome Tom!

My name is Doug and I'm a VMF addict!! I'm on step 3 of the 12 step program.

(I was up to 5, but decided that I like this addiction!)

P.S.-you must have overloaded your website as I get and error message when I click on the link provided.
 

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Very nice coupe Tom! Glaziers is an interesting place. Their resto guy is a very knowledgable person. Did you see his pro-street Mercedes aithe the 460+ Ford in it? Now that's different!
Good website btw.
 

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Welcome! Nice 67 Coupe.
 

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My official "Welcome Picture":
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Seriously, nice intro post, website and car!!! Bet that 345hp XB3 scoots!!! /forums/images/icons/wink.gif

Welcome - glad to have you join us!!!
 

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Welcome,
Your car is very nice. You seem very polite and civilized, yet you list your home as being in .... NEW JERSEY. Am I missing something?
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Welcome, if you have been lurking you already know this is one big family, we sometimes don't agree but we always part friendly...BTW I'm Ray....
 

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Congrats on keeping the "family" car. How many of us wish we had kept ours. I don't have the talent that a lot of these guys and gals have so I have to farm out some of my work, too. But, I don't think it makes us any less of an enthusist. Now I've got to go look at your car!
 

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Welcome!
This site is a great resource for information, we all enjoy the old Mustangs in different forms, but the car is the "common ground".

Sorry, I don't agree with the comment about owners of restored cars with more "money than sense". We all enjoy cars in different ways, some like restomod, some prefer racing, others like to return the cars to showroom condition. Please accept and appreciate someones effort, even though it's different from yours...

(Nice website, gorgeous car!)
 

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Tom,

Welcome to the VMF. Beautiful car and very informative website. Gotta love that Vintage Burgundy.
 
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What a great story about your car. Do you have any pictures of the car with your grandparents? That would be cool to add to your site!

Thanks!
 

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Hi Tom, it looks like you jersy guys could have your own chapter of the VMF. it would be nice if us East Coast guys could have our own version of the CF. if we had it in Ma. it could be the "bean feed"?. nah, that doesn`t sound good...
 

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Tom -

Thank you for the introduction. It doesn't matter [to me] whether you or someone else restored your car. You love the car and care for it in the manner any VMF'er should be proud.

There are certain VMF'ers who feel strongly that the owner should do everything possible on their car; I don't believe in that course of action.

Please post your thoughts and tell us what you know. If you're wrong - we'll let you know (it certainly has happened to me before/forums/images/icons/smile.gif). Don't be shy and expect to visit this site during work hours, not just at home. For example, I'm on a telecon right now while I'm posting this note.
 

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Welcome to our family. This is a very special place, with very special people. As you meet some of these people face to face, you'll discover they're even better in person. It's really strange when you get together with another VMFer. Even on the first meeting, you always feel like you've known them forever. I've made many, many friends on this forum.

I'm one of the "DIYers", but totally understand that's not everyone's cup of tee. To me, it's not just the satisfaction of doing it myself, or the money I save in doing it myself, but knowing I got a better quality job, and I just love to play with my toys. Many of us have more money than brains. If I had as much brains as money, I'd probably invested into the stock market, instead of dumping about 3 times as much money into my car than I'd ever be able to get back out *LOL*.

Anyways, as others have said. Don't be afraid to post if you know the answer to something or to ask a question if you don't know the answer. We've all been wrong, been corrected, and learned from it /forums/images/icons/wink.gif.
 

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Re: Grandparents - I've been looking for pictures of the car from 1973-1984 for YEARS. If any show up, I'll post them.

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"Please accept and appreciate someones effort, even though it's different from yours... "
No, no, no, no, no. I was simply reiterating some discussions from other threads. I was not flaming other restorers!! (see PM also)
 

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Nice car, nice website, and Thanks for the introduction !

Welcome !

I too can't do it all myself (yet) - but I'm trying to learn. The VMF is a great place to do that, and make some good pals as well. Dickson
 
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